Weather has the ability to change and alter our daily lives. In particular, nothing seems to strike fear into people like snowstorms. Snow of course, can make travel impossible and many would just prefer not to travel in snow at all. Large snowstorms have the ability to shut down roads and close down business, including grocery stores. In fact, some say the ferocity of a snowstorm can be measured by the number of people that flock to the grocery stores prior to the arrival of a snowstorm.
Have you every wondered when this tradition started? It appears that New Englanders can take credit for the purchasing of milk and break prior to the storm. It was the monumental blizzard in 1978 that trapped many in homes for weeks that gets at least some credit for the current tradition. Another New England storm, although it was a non-snowstorm that appears to have lead to the current tradition, was Hurricane Belle. The storm ravaged New England in the summer of 1976.
Why can different types of precipitation be seen on Earth while temperatures remain constant?
Dangerous flash flooding is captured as an arroyo becomes filled with water in Carson Valley, Nevada.
The RealFeel Temperature uses an equation to determine how it actually feels outside.
Knowing what the different advisories, watches, and warnings mean will lead to more informed decision making when a winter storm threatens a particular area.
How can you determine if and when the ice is thick enough for safely going out on?
Seeking shelter in the event of a tornado could save your life, but is there really any safe place to hide?
Driving on a 90-degree angle away from the tornado is a good strategy to follow in order to distance yourself from the tornado.
Supercell thunderstorms have been responsible for major tornadoes that have demolished parts of the U.S.
After a cold, clear winter night without much wind, the ground and nearby tree branches may be covered by tiny, white ice crystals.
A major cause of post-snow flooding are ice jams in waterways.
Thunderstorms developing along a warm front spawned fourteen tornadoes in northeastern Texas during the last afternoon and night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail near Marshall, wind gusts to 77 mph at Commerce and up to five inches of rain in many locations.
Daytona Beach, FL (1997)
140 people rescued from rip currents. A man died trying to save his wife.
Vanport, OR (1948)
A railroad bed acting as a dam gave way during a flood along the Columbia River destroying the town of Vanport.